As new members to the Fort Worth Academy community, my family thanks you all so much for the warm welcome we have received as Merril and Nancy began their adventures as Trailblazers this week. The campus is so wonderful, complete with, my favorite, native Texas Wildlife. The "campus coyotes" are a treat to see this week and I know very well that their presence has caused excitement, wonder and maybe a little concern. Your staff and facilities manager are aware of the coyote presence and they are handling the issue with great care and attention.
When wildlife comes around and very close to people, it is because the habitat is attractive and includes food. When the food resource is removed, the wildlife will generally move on. It is very cold this week and the coyotes are looking for food. We believe that the construction site south of campus is a food fest as the workers are not controlling their food waste. Any unsecured trash is an invitation for opportunistic wildlife, including predators.
The best judgment is to not approach the coyotes as they are wild animals. They should not approach people as they are very shy to noise and activity. Our campus coyotes are very healthy critters and pose no threat to our children as they continue play outside.
Please don't feed or try to pet the coyotes! I know they are fluffy and pretty.
Your campus manager and I have already communicated about the issue and the Texas Parks and Wildlife will receive a sitings report. Please inform the office if you notice more brazen behavior by the coyotes. ( other than a siting).
For your coyote curiosity, please find attached an article published in a Parker county magazine that will help to dispel myths and allay concerns. And if you have any more questions or which to talk more about native Texas wildlife, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 817-235-4096 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also find much information at www.dfwwidlife.org
for resources regarding wildlife conflicts and how to locate a wildlife rehabilitator should you find an injured or sick animal.
Thank you again to the Academy for the welcome to your special community.